Both Qatar and the UAE have been in the firing line for their treatment of foreign workers who constitute a majority of their populations but operate under a sponsorship or kafala system that puts them at the mercy of their employers.
How does a nation go from living in the desert lands of the Arabian Peninsula, making a living as pearl merchants, to one of the most futuristic, opulent destinations on earth, in only 46 years? The answer is vision.
It is clear that under the shade of America's security umbrella in the Middle East, Koreans have been making strong inroads. Are there ways in which the United States, as a partner of Korea, might seek to benefit from those inroads, whether on the ground or over the airwaves?
Who will make sure the clinic and the outpost work properly, and coordinate between the Djiboutian Ministry of Health and USAID? Will this become a successful and exportable model for rural health care in Africa, or a white elephant?
The 15-hour flight from Atlanta to Dubai offers plenty of time to prepare for a stay in the United Arab Emirates. This was my first trip to Dubai City, which has a rich history and a forward approach to economic development.
Deira is often referred to as "Old Dubai," a generalization that only describes a stop on the Dubai visitor's course. To see a gold souk, a fish market. To take an abra ride for no reason other than to take an abra ride.